Reflections on Myanmar – Money

Before you get to Myanmar, you’ll probably do a bunch of Internet research. One of the foremost pieces of shared wisdom is the need to bring crisp US dollar bills in high denominations. Fortunately the situation is rapidly improving, and I thought I would share my insights into the world of Myanmar money. In my […]

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Reflections on Myanmar – Rain (rainrainrain)

My trip to Myanmar coincided with the monsoon, the rainyrainyrainy season. On the way in from the airport on the first day the rain was pretty impressive, but it had finished by the time we left the bus, and the world was mainly dry by the time we went out. Natpwitay was dry apart from […]

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Reflections on Myanmar – Taxi Practice

[In June 2013 I visited Myanmar as part of the World Economic Forum Annual Summit for Young Global Leaders – YGLs. At the time I wrote up some reflections but sadly neglected to share them until now] Natpwitaw cabs – in the distant capital, when the hotel offers you their own car, it cost $20 […]

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Mark’s Innovation Expertise – 24 Things to Explore

I recently had a follow-up conversation with a judge at the Hult Prize and we got talking about innovation. My current work has been on Scaling, now put into book format (available at startscaling.com). Scaling is highly relevant for innovation. I consider innovation to be the process of developing new things that deliver value. The key is delivering value. […]

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Scaling Education Initiatives

Focused conferences are great ways of scaling initiatives. The attendees are there for largely similar reasons, boosting the odds that you might meet someone who can help progress your own efforts. The keynote speakers give everyone a set of messages that furthers the goals of the organizers, not just those in the room, but to […]

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Fifty Shades of Grey – movie photos keep the scaling ‘Crescendo’ building

I’m sharing as I’ve made a case study on how Fifty Shades of Grey to become a $billion business in just a few years ‪#‎scaling‬ book at startscaling.com Dakota Johnson Is Ready For Her ‘Fifty Shades’ Close-Up huffingtonpost.com We’re now less than one year away from the release of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and Universal Pictures provided […]

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10 Rules (life & living)

10 Rules (Mark Turrell) 1. It’s all easy 2. Be good 3. Be honest 4. Be happy 5. Limit being sad 6. Help others 7. Share things 8. Be free to choose 9. Be lazy 10. Focus on the end goal

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The Fallacy of Carrots & Sticks

Why our focus on the individual is misplaced In business and society we are taught about the importance of individual motivation. When business planners try to identify appropriate motivational levers to provoke desired behaviors, they usuallyconsider a trade-off between the positive, the ‘carrot’, and the negative, the ‘stick’. The donkey analogy is commonly used to […]

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Plausible Deniability – How to Let the Govt Hack Your Own Servers

Facebook and Google are both public companies. They get into a lot of trouble if they lie in the public domain, and expose themselves to shareholder lawsuits. Both companies have denied they permitted or were aware of the US government accessing their servers. So, given that we are supposed to take them at their word, […]

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Mobile Phone apps for election monitoring – a quick look

I was recently pinged ny a friend who wanted to know what was the latest and greatest in election monitoring software and apps, particularly in places where citizens need to play a much more obvious role in ensuring transparency and the right to have one’s real vote counted. Here is my quick Skype response: Q: […]

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